Alpha Epsilon Delta

‌Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) is an honor society and service organization that is nationally recognized. The local chapter is the Tennessee Epsilon Chapter. Selection is based on academic achievement in a wide range of science courses. Pre-health juniors and seniors are eligible once they have completed at least eight science courses and have maintained at least a 3.2 GPA overall as well as a 3.2 GPA in their science courses. 

Students initiated into AED represent a wide variety of pre-health disciplines. Students in AED go on to study nursing, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, osteopathic medicine, allopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. Students are encouraged to submit articles to the AED publication The Scalpel and volunteer as mentors to incoming pre-health students. 

The subgroup program run by SHPS, the Sewanee Health Professions Society, is a new program that aims to provide supportive and informative experiences for new and returning pre-health students. AED members are poised to offer great advice on how they succeeded in the pre-health curriculum and are excellent resources for students looking to learn about internships and leadership opportunities on campus. 

For more information contact the Chapter Faculty Advisor and Chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee Rich Summers, Associate Professor of Chemistry. 

Sewanee Health Professions Society

SHPS is a student-run group, overseen by the Office of Medical and Health Programs. It was initiated at the request of Beth Phillips C’91, an ER Physician. The goal of this group is to provide leadership opportunities for pre-med and pre-health students. SHPS serves as a support structure for students and as a place to learn about networking and finding health-related internships, jobs, and information about graduate schools (medical, veterinary, nursing, dental, physical therapy, etc.). The group is led by an executive board consisting of a president, vice president, secretary/tutor coordinator, treasurer, and project manager(s) in each of the health disciplines; all are elected annually in April. To join SHPS, contact one of this year's Co-Presidents: Grace Donner and Thomas McMichael.

Sewanee Multicultural Health Society

‌SMHS was established by Cortez Brown C'16 and Fridien Nana Tchoukoua C'17, with founding members Ashley Malpica C'17 and Reeda Shakir C'17, in the spring of 2015. Working closely with SHPS, the officers of SMHS aim to reduce health disparities through workplace diversity. As an organization, the mission of SMHS is to bring together a group of students who are passionate about uplifting multiculturalism and serving in rural Appalachia. In addition, the purpose of the Sewanee Multicultural Health Society is as follows:

  • To provide opportunities for leadership, citizenship, and education through a variety of services including: community service/engagement, public health updates, societal health and disparity issues, and alumni mentoring.
  • To provide forums for students and community members who are interested in better understanding various issues in the United States and also globally regarding health and health disparities.
  • To provide an outlet to explore future schooling and career opportunities in any health or medical aspects/areas.

To join SMHS, contact Co-Presidents Paisley Simmons and Luke Alderson.